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  • Shawn shared from Contemplative Prayer: A Theology for the Twenty-First Century by James P. Danaher
    The only thing that pleases God is our presence, and the only thing that grieves the heart of God is our lack of presence.
  • Shawn shared from Contemplative Prayer: A Theology for the Twenty-First Century by James P. Danaher
    Prayer is the ultimate blessing God has for us, since nothing compares to the experience of his presence. Likewise, prayer is all that God desires from us. Contrary to what we have been told about God requiring that we conduct the right rituals, believe the right things, or behave in the right way, all God really desires is that we become aware of his attentive presence and respond to it with our own attentive presence.
  • Shawn shared from Contemplative Prayer: A Theology for the Twenty-First Century by James P. Danaher
    Furthermore, contrary to what almost all Western religions tell us, God is not interested in making us into sinless objects of his love. God is capable of loving us in the midst of our sin through his forgiveness and mercy, and our relationship with him is based upon his forgiveness and mercy regardless of our behavior or beliefs.
  • Shawn shared from Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn't Last and What Your Church Can Do About It by Mark Devries
    He who every morning plans the transactions of the day and follows out that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life. . . . But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incident, chaos will soon reign. Victor Hugo
  • Shawn shared from Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn't Last and What Your Church Can Do About It by Mark Devries
    I like to call it environmental architecture (a term borrowed from Erwin McManus). An environmental architect begins with the confession that we have no power to make young people grow. We cannot make our churches or youth ministries or senior pastors into what we want them to be. We cannot make parents, volunteers and students do what we want them to do. What we can do is create an environment in which this kind of growth and change is not only possible, but probable.
(Stamford, CT)
Shawn Garan
Web Page: shawngaran.com